Question about 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
I have only tried one time to used the spare tire and we could not get the tire lowered. The service department said I need a new hoist but it had never been used before. Is this a common problem and what good is the spare if it cannot be lowered when needed?
Same thing happened to me on my 2002 trailblazer. The last few wraps of the cable was corroded to the point that it wouldn't unwind with the tool supplied. First thing to do is cut the crimped end of the cable off with a grinder or cut off wheel but don't forget to support the spare. This will get the spare out of your way then simply take out the 3 mounting bolts for the cable hoist. At this point you could buy a new cable hoist from the dealer and install it yourself or you might be able to do what I did. I managed to pull and remove about a foot of the rusted cable, slide the rectangular metal piece, that actually holds the spare at the center of the wheel, back on the cable and attach a 1/4" cable clamp to the end of the cable which of course must be in good condition. There should still be enough cable to re-attach your spare to it and hoist it back up. Don't forget to lube things up so it won't happen again. Good luck. (buying a new one sounds better, doesn't it?)
mikethemedic in Hawley,Pa.
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
Yeh. Buying a NEW FOREGN car sounds WAY better. This problem has been around for 7 years now, and GM refused to address it. Fekkem. "May the best car win". GOODBYE GM!
Posted on Nov 22, 2009
Don't cut your cable! I had the same problem and mine works fine now. Follow this solution at this link. I also posted some pictures there. If the link doesn't work then copy and paste the link into your browser:
Posted on Sep 05, 2010
On my 95' Silverado I always had to get up under the Rear end and Kick the Spare to release it for Lowering. Give this a Try.
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
Some WD40 probably wouldn't hurt either
Posted on Jan 23, 2009
look next the the license plate, should be a beveled hole for you to insert the extension tube, of your jack handle through, if you look through the hole you will see a crank mechanism, it has a flat slot in it, if you still have your owners manual it should help with the location and operation
Posted on Apr 02, 2009
Check your owners manual .There is a saftey catch that will need to be realased by using your bottle jack and tire stops that come with your truck. If you dont have a owners manual. What you can try is taking a floor jack and a socket place it under the spairtire right in the center where the cable holds the tire in place. start jacking it up until the socket hits the square part in the center once the socket is aligned with the square part continue to jack up it should release it . Its a stupid system but it will work if the cable wont allow the tire to drop .I drive a tow truck and this has happened to me several times with people who have this type of system on a GM.
Posted on Apr 13, 2009
Posted on Nov 02, 2009
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